Playing All Day…..With A Bug (#317)

A day off from work started out with the usual: a swim at the university pool, grocery shopping, doing some chores around my tin can cottage.

I am fortunate to have arrived early at Heartland RV Park.  I chose an open spot next to the field.  So from the front I am awash in a sea of RVs.  But in the back I have a private oasis with a field of green.

And that’s the direction from where my extraordinary find came meandering.  A chance walk around the back to check on my waterline and there was this other-worldly creature clambering over the stones under my motorhome.

Picking it up with a piece of paper I gingerly set it on the table, got the camera and started shooting.  A wind came up, blew the paper off the table and onto me……the creature disappeared.

Frantic, I looked under my chair and table, patted my head gingerly, looked under my feet.  Nowhere!  Then I went inside and looked in the mirror, lifted my arm.  There it was clinging to the cuff of my shirt.

So back outside to commence the photo shoot!

First Reaction...What the????

First Reaction…What the????


Those Eyes, Ears, Mouth...All Fake!

Those Eyes, Ears,
Mouth…All Fake!


In defense mode, trying to look intimidating.

In defense mode, trying to look intimidating.



Two inches of cute!


Full Monty...It's a Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar!

Full Monty…It’s a Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar!


Spicebush, SB for short, has found a home with the park manager’s children.  SB is slowly spinning its cocoon.  Eventually it will encapsulate itself into a chrysalis and emerge in about 15 days (hopefully) as a blue-winged spicebush swallowtail butterfly.

In all my life I have never seen anything like SB!  What a treat to still be in awe of the wonders of Nature!

Ever grateful,


About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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38 Responses to Playing All Day…..With A Bug (#317)

  1. says:

    I laughed when I read your post…I too have been having fun with caterpillars as of late. 🙂

  2. what a gem, a completely endearing creature. So glad you had him for company for awhile. thanks for sharing.
    relieved that by ‘Bug’ you didn’t mean the flu!!
    have fun, work well, thinking of you over there deep in the bowels of,
    cheers, Sarah

  3. nomaggsrush says:

    So much cuter and more endearing than UK caterpillars 🙂 Stay well.

  4. Sher says:

    I had one in my back yard 5 or 6 years back. Had no idea what it was, took a picture and took it to school to show the science teachers and that is what they told me it was. I too was very grateful to have him in my back yard and also emerging as a beautiful butterfly. Never ceases to amaze that Mother Nature.

  5. Teresa says:

    Oh he is adorable. Looks like a cartoon character! Thanks for sharing Annie.

  6. Connie T says:

    It is amazing looking with the markings to look like eyes and the color. I have never seen one.

  7. Paula says:

    It’s unbelievable 🙂 Wonderful close-ups, Annie 🙂

  8. Edge of Chic says:

    Wow! It looks like it has a mustache too in the 2nd pic!

  9. Sun says:

    it looks almost animated. thanks for sharing this wow moment. 🙂

  10. A Joyful Traveler says:

    Very interesting bug! It almost doesn’t look real!
    I love your site, I found you quite by accident. After my blog page was almost completed I found yours. Almost ironic.
    I am a fellow rv’er, photographer, and writer
    I too am going to be working for Camperforce in Coffeeyville starting on the 17 of October.(I was searching for something about camperforce when I saw your site.)
    I used your copyright at the bottom of my page. I couldn’t find one on wordpress.
    How did you get your categories on the top of your page like that? Is it a widget? Just curious, Tressa…

    • Good luck with your CamperForce experience! The town of Independence is awesome as is Elk City State Park. If you mean the pages at the top of my blog, there is a place on the left menu on your dashboard to put in new pages. Hope you have fun and safe travels, Tressa. Thank you for stopping by.

  11. Lily Mugford says:

    I love this little guy.. so adorable and cartoonish… great photograhy.

  12. Annie,
    I see you are back at Amazon. Having fun I bet. It sure was a great experience last year and one that I will always have fond memories of. Hope you have an easy winter there.

  13. Patti Kuche says:

    Wow Annie, what a fabulous find – I have never seen anything like it!

  14. What a beautiful creature. You got some great photos.

  15. frizztext says:

    you made us smile with your story and empathy!

  16. Sallyann says:

    Wow ! What a beautiful bug it is too. 🙂
    I thought it was a cartoon at first, Isn’t mother nature a wonderful artist. 🙂

  17. It’s beautiful! Mother and Father Nature have so much fun!

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